Emotiva Airmotiv B1+ – Bookshelf Speaker 5.25″ Woofer
The Airmotiv B1+ is a two way, bookshelf monitor loudspeaker, featuring a 32mm Airmotiv folded ribbon tweeter and a 5-1/4” woven fiber woofer. A pair of Airmotiv B1+ monitors can be used in a small, high-quality two-channel system, of a set of five or seven can be used in a high quality surround sound system for a small room installation. Another option would be to use a pair of Airmotiv B1+ monitors for your front left and right speakers, and combine them with Airmotiv E1’s for your surrounds, with or without an additional Airmotiv E1 as a wall mounted center channel speaker.
Airmotiv Passive Loudspeakers: Music Runs in the Family
Your speakers are the single most important component in your audio system; they’re the part that turns a simple electrical signal into the emotional experience that is music. Great speakers can transform an audio system that’s merely good into one that can deliver a truly transcendent listening experience. The new Airmotiv passive loudspeakers represent the culmination of years of research and experience in producing both home and professional loudspeakers, and were designed from the ground up with this critical mission in mind. They were designed from the start to be equally at home in an audiophile stereo system or a high-end home theater, and combine excellent technical performance, superb sound quality, elegant good looks, and excellent value. Emotiva’s design philosophy is simple: If a speaker can reproduce the entire audible spectrum, as accurately as possible, with very little distortion or coloration, then it will sound good – whether you’re playing classical music, rock, or your favorite blockbuster movie.
All of the members of Emotiva’s Airmotiv Passive Loudspeaker family combine meticulous design, extensive testing, and in-depth listening tests with a wide variety of musical material, to deliver the best possible technical performance and sound quality. Airmotiv™ high-frequency transducers deliver flat frequency response, low distortion, virtually nonexistent signal compression, smooth off-axis response, superb transparency, and uncanny imaging. Advanced woven fiber midrange drivers deliver smooth frequency response, and detailed lifelike midrange with very low coloration, and the woofers include high-temperature voice coils and vented pole pieces to ensure crisp bass at all listening levels. Carefully designed precision crossovers, crafted with audiophile quality film capacitors, air core inductors, and precision resistors in critical locations, tie it all together. And, finally, custom cabinets are crafted from thick, heavily braced, acoustically inert HDF to ensure maximum rigidity and resistance to stray vibration, with a front panel machined from a solid slab of 25mm HDF. The faceted front panel design, borrowed from Emotiva’s studio monitors, not only adds a stylishly futuristic look to the Airmotiv speakers, but also serves a very practical purpose – to minimize diffraction effects and room interactions.
Airmotiv Sound Quality
Of course, the goal of all that design and testing is to produce a speaker that sounds really great and, after extensive listening tests, we’re pleased to report that the new Airmotiv Passive Loudspeakers sound truly superb with all types of music – from individual vocalists and intimate jazz ensembles, to full classical orchestras, to heavy metal bands and synthetic electronica. Just pair your Airmotiv Loudspeakers with any high-quality power amplifier (we think Emotiva’s own power amps sound especially good), and you’ll get perfectly balanced sound, with outstanding clarity, and superb rendition of even the finest details. All of the speakers in the Airmotiv Passive Loudspeaker family are carefully timbre matched to work well together and to deliver a cohesive audio image in any stereo or surround sound installation. The B1+ features an updated crossover that offers smoother midrange performance. (The new models are still perfectly timbre matched with the original Airmotiv Passive Loudspeaker models and will harmonize perfectly if used alongside them.)
Phenomenal sound quality and great specs alone don’t make a great speaker, which is why Emotiva have included a long list of practical and convenient operational features on their Airmotiv Loudspeakers. The front bezel is finished with multiple coats of attractive satin finish black lacquer, which looks elegant while resisting fingerprints and scratches, and the sides are covered with tough, good-looking textured black vinyl. And, for those of you who prefer to keep their technology under wraps, all of the new Airmotiv speakers include removable, magnetically-attached, grilles.
A Superb Speaker Starts With Great Drivers
State-of-the-art Airmotiv™ folded ribbon high-frequency transducer delivers exceptionally flat on-axis frequency response, smooth off-axis response, low distortion, virtually nonexistent signal compression, amazing transparency, and uncanny imaging.
The advanced 5-1/4” woven fiber midrange and low frequency driver delivers deliver smooth frequency response, and lifelike, detailed midrange with very low coloration.
A Well Designed, Attractive, and Practical Cabinet
Minimal Acoustic Signature™ cabinet, with its faceted baffle, minimizes room interactions and reduces edge diffraction, giving you exceptionally clean transient performance and precise imaging.
The acoustically inert 25mm milled HDF front panels, 15mm side and rear panels, and extensive bracing, serve to further reduce vibrations, and contribute to the Airmotiv speaker’s clean precise imaging.
Several coats of satin-finish lacquer give the front bezel of the Airmotiv speakers an elegant understated appearance, while a tough yet attractive vinyl covering protects the sides and rear from damage and fingerprints.
An attractive black cloth grille complements the futuristic contours of the Airmotiv B1+, and provides a convenient way to keep your technology under wraps. The grille is magnetically attached, and is easily removed for cleaning – or for showing your Airmotiv speakers off to your audiophile friends.
The new and improved version of the precision crossover, carefully designed and optimized to provide perfect synergy with the drivers and cabinet of the Airmotiv B1+, features audiophile quality film capacitors, air core inductors, and precision resistors in critical locations.
Great Sound – Now And For Years To Come
Meticulous design, extensive testing, and in-depth listening tests with a wide variety of musical material, ensure that the Airmotiv B1+ delivers both excellent technical performance and superb sound quality.
High-quality parts and conservative design ensure that your Airmotiv B1+’s will sound great the day you purchase them, and for years to come.
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Two-way bookshelf or stand mounted monitor loudspeaker
Cabinet tuning Rear port
High frequency driver 25×32 mm Airmotiv folded ribbon tweeter
Low frequency driver 5-1/4” woven fiber cone with SBR surround
Efficiency 86 dB (2.83V/1m)
Power handling 70W continuous / 150W peak
Recommended amplifier power 50W – 250W / channel
Nominal impedance 8 ohms
Frequency response 48 Hz – 28 kHz (+3/-3 dB)
Crossover 2 kHz, 12 dB / octave
Dimensions 10-3/4” high x 7-1/8” wide x 8-1/4” deep. 17” long x 21” wide x 14” high; pair (boxed)
Weight 8.8 pounds (unboxed). 24 pounds; pair (boxed)
Mounting Shelf or stand mount; includes shock absorbing rubber bottom pad
Grille Black cloth over a rigid frame; attaches securely with powerful magnets for easy removal